2. The Spurs Simply Need to Play Better
It’s very easy to tell players to play better, but often it’s hard for them to make the leap. The 2021-22 Spurs have been a frustrating team this season because they’ve shown flashes of greatness.
Dejounte Murray has been consistently playing like an All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year night in and night out. More often than not, Jakob Poeltl has been the ideal big man, blocking shots and making easy ones. His free throws are horrible and he lacks some aggression on the offensive end, but other than, that he’s very good.
Devin Vassell and Derrick White have been amazing some nights and non-factors the next. On a good night, White is one of the most versatile shooting guards in the league and is not afraid to sacrifice his body at all. Devin Vassell looks like an absolute steal from last year’s draft. Other nights, it looks like these guys belong at the end of the bench.
Keldon Johnson is somehow the third-best 3-point shooter in the league but still has nights when he can’t buy a bucket or passes up an open shot for a contested layup. Lonnie Walker IV has the occasional game where he can’t miss, but more often than not, fans get nervous whenever he pulls up to shoot.
If the Spurs are firing on all cylinders, they are actually one of the best teams in the league. We saw that on Wednesday when they beat down the Thunder in a great team win. Unfortunately, those excellent team efforts are few and far between.
In order to make a playoff push, everyone has to be playing good, or at least acceptable, basketball every single night.